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2021 AFCON: Ghana Black Stars apologises for shambolic performance

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Skipper of the Black Stars, Andre Dede Ayew has apologized to Ghanaians for the Black Stars shambolic performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The four-time champions, guided by Serbian tactician, Milovan Rajevac shockingly lost 3-2 to minnows Comoros to exit the continental competition at the Group stage for the first time in 16 years.

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Alexander Djiku’s goals against Comoros’ three were not enough to seal a round 16 berth when Ghana needed an emphatic win to book a slot to the next stage.

Dede Ayew, who received the sending off orders from the Malian referee for clashing with Comoros goalie, Ben Boina, said the team was sorry for not qualifying.

The Al Saad forward told the media, “We didn’t make Ghanaians proud. We are sorry. We apologise for not taking the team to the next stage. We are very disappointed in ourselves because this is not Ghana.

“We didn’t have a good AFCON. We didn’t have luck in the competition but we will learn from this, go back, take the criticisms and come back stronger.”

When asked whether he will call it quits from the national team, the U-20 World Cup winner said, he would lead Ghana to the 2023 AFCON in Cote D’Ivoire.

The 32-year old said, the team would focus on the 2022 World Cup playoffs to make amends for the team’s disgraceful showing at the biennial competition.

“We live to fight another day. I hope these young players would come out of this shock because there’s a future ahead. We have World Cup playoffs and that’s important now.

“We would swallow the bitter pill and correct our mistakes. We would stay focused and prepare for the World Cup playoffs. This is not my last AFCON” he added.

Ghana finished the competition with one point to sit at the bottom of Group C log after losing to Morocco, Comoros and drawing 1-1 with Gabon.

Source: GNA

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Ashantigold demoted to Division Two for match manipulation

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Ghana Premier League side, Ashantigold Sporting Club, has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s 3rd tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The action relates to a Ghana Premier League game at the end of the 2020/2021 season when Ashantigold beat Inter Allies by 7-0. An Allies player, Hashmin Musah, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to spoil a bet placed on the said game.

The club’s President, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, who is the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been banned from football activities for 10 years and 8 years respectively.

Eight players of the club have also been banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, while a further five players have also been handed four year bans for failure to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

In addition, the club has been fined an amount of Ghs 100,000, the President fined Ghs 100,000 and the CEO fined Ghs 50,000.

The decision will take effect from the 2022/2023 season.
Read the full ruling here.

Source: CitiSports

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GFA President Kurt Okraku co-opted to CAF Executive Committee

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President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has been co-opted into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.

The Ghana FA President is among five leaders of Africa’s regional bodies being co-opted to serve on the CAF Executive Committee.

Okraku is President of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B.

The move is part of CAF’s plans to make all regional Football Association heads members of the continental football governing body’s highest decision-making committee.

CECAFA boss Wallace Karia of Tanzania, UNIFFAC leader Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas from DR Congo, WAFU A leader Mustapha Raji of Liberia and Libya FA President Alshelmani Abdulhakim Abraheem of UNAF are among those named. COSAFA elects a new leader in the coming days.

The 50-year old was named WAFU Zone B President after securing unanimously approved as the new leader of the regional body by the all seven member associations.

He took charge following the decision of the incumbent Djibrilla Hima Hamidou to step down from the position, one year before the end of his mandate.

Source: CitiSports

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GFA bans Steadfast FC, Baffour and Soccer Academy indefinitely

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned Steadfast FC and Baffour Soccer Academy from hosting games on their home grounds over assault on some players and club officials of Sky FC and Tamale City FC.

Some fans of Steadfast FC in their Division one game against Nsoatreman assaulted the visitors which led to some officials and players getting injured, with some fans of Baffour Soccer Academy also beat up players and officials of Tamale City.

GFA in an official statement released today said the GFA would fix venues for upcoming home matches for the sanctioned clubs and would take into consideration the distance to be travelled by the away teams.

The ban was exercised according to Article 14(2) of the Division One League Regulations which stipulates that: “The GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue where the safety of clubs, match officials and/or spectators cannot be guaranteed”.

The GFA Prosecutors have been tasked to study all the evidence and match reports and proffer appropriate charges immediately for the Disciplinary Committee to sit on the cases expeditiously.

The GFA demands that the teams shall assist the Regional Police to arrest persons involved in the attack.

The GFA sent a strong note of caution to clubs that the slightest harassment or attack on Players Team Officials, Match Officials including Venue Media Officers shall be dealt with severely and swiftly.  

Source: GNA

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